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From Russia with Love (1963)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Thriller | 27 May 1964 (USA)
James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.

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James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as Lektor. Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil SPECTRE organization discovers it first. Whilst being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, whilst each SPECTRE agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald 'Red' Grant and ex-KGB agent Rosa Klebb who knows all the tricks in the books and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe! Written by simon_hrdng

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,800,000 (USA)
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Joe Robinson was a strong contender for the role of Red Grant. He would later play Peter Franks in Diamonds Are Forever (1971). See more »

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Bond exits Istanbul Airport through the domestic terminal, despite arriving on an international flight. See more »

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[first lines]
Morzeny: [after Grant kills a look-a-like Bond] Exactly one minute, fifty-two seconds. That's excellent.
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THE END NOT QUITE THE END JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN THE NEXT IAN FLEMING THRILLER.. "GOLDFINGER" See more »

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Referenced in Topkapi (1964) See more »

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Arrangement by John Barry
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Better than Fleming's Novel!
7 December 1998 | by (Iowa City, IA) – See all my reviews

Hard to believe, but the movie is actually an improvement on Fleming's novel. Rather than have the Lektor operation be a simple Russian scheme to discredit Bond as Fleming did, SPECTRE takes a hand here in their first on-screen appearance as an organization. The plot is improved considerably because of this. The movie thrives on its supporting actors and Sheybal. Connery is somewhat outshone by these greater lights, but gives a credible performance. From Russia... is a different pace of movie: no one here is intent on wiping out the world's population, or destroying the gold supply, or stealing submarines. Basically, it's a quiet little plot focusing on an elaborate "sting" operation. Until the end, the pace is kind of slow, and might lose more "modern" audiences, particularly those used to incredible stunt sequences every 20 minutes.


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